Refugee Rights Day – recognized every April 4 – commemorates a historic decision made by the Supreme Court of Canada, a decision that changed the fate of many refugees arriving to seek asylum in this country.
On the same day the House of Representatives was busy giving final sanction to the health care bill, a crowd estimated as high as a half-million people rallied along a seven-block length of the Washington, D.C., National Mall in front of the Capitol in support of much-needed immigration reform.
March 9, 2010 marked the first-ever chapter launch of a new national, student-led activist organization – Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or SAME – at Carleton University in the nation’s capital, sponsored by UFCW Canada’s Human Rights, Equity & Diversity (HRED) department. A few days later, on March 12, more than a hundred students took part in launching another SAME chapter, this time on the campus of Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ont.
UFCW Canada Local 1118 members at the Revera Long Term Care Centre in Medicine Hat, Alta., have ratified a new collective agreement at the 143-bed facility. The contract covers about a hundred members working as licensed practical nurses, nursing attendants, and dietary and cook staff, as well as housekeeping, laundry, and recreational staff.
Quebec agricultural operations that deduct a housing charge from Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) have lowered their fees after it was noted the rate they were charging was higher than the maximum allowed under provincial labour regulations.